Vince Vaughn on guns: 'Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat'

Some very strong, very welcome statements on Second Amendment rights from actor Vince Vaughn. 

Vaughn, currently starring in HBO's True Detective, outlined his passionate belief in gun rights in the British edition of GQ magazine.

“We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government,” Vaughn told British GQ. “It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”

Vaughn went on to call for armed defense of children in schools, arguing elites have security for their kids and criminals ignore “gun-free zone” laws.

“Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” Vaughn explained, mirroring arguments from noted gun crime researcher Dr. John Lott. “In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there.”

It is unclear whether Vaughn, who starred in beloved comedies like Wedding Crashers and Old School, will face any backlash for his views. Some Hollywood notables have teamed with anti-gun groups to push for more gun laws and many in the industry shun those with pro-Second Amendment views.

But that doesn’t seem to stop Vaughn from pushing back against his Silver Screen colleagues.

“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said.

With only a handful of states not adopting conceal carry laws and more and more states passing open carry legislation, gun rights appear to be in the ascension over the last few years.  Some court cases have also gone the way of Second Amendment activiststs, and efforts to regulate or restrict gun rights have passed only in the bluest of blue states. 

Vaughn's contention that the Second Amendment is necessary to "resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government" is undeniably part of the original intent of the founders in creating gun rights.  But liberals have a case of apoplexy whenever anyone even hints that government can be abusive and corrupt.  I have no doubt Vaughn will catch some grief from the usual suspects in Hollywood for his views, but at the same time, he has gained a lot of friends for his forthright defense of gun rights.

Some very strong, very welcome statements on Second Amendment rights from actor Vince Vaughn. 

Vaughn, currently starring in HBO's True Detective, outlined his passionate belief in gun rights in the British edition of GQ magazine.

“We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government,” Vaughn told British GQ. “It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”

Vaughn went on to call for armed defense of children in schools, arguing elites have security for their kids and criminals ignore “gun-free zone” laws.

“Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” Vaughn explained, mirroring arguments from noted gun crime researcher Dr. John Lott. “In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there.”

It is unclear whether Vaughn, who starred in beloved comedies like Wedding Crashers and Old School, will face any backlash for his views. Some Hollywood notables have teamed with anti-gun groups to push for more gun laws and many in the industry shun those with pro-Second Amendment views.

But that doesn’t seem to stop Vaughn from pushing back against his Silver Screen colleagues.

“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said.

With only a handful of states not adopting conceal carry laws and more and more states passing open carry legislation, gun rights appear to be in the ascension over the last few years.  Some court cases have also gone the way of Second Amendment activiststs, and efforts to regulate or restrict gun rights have passed only in the bluest of blue states. 

Vaughn's contention that the Second Amendment is necessary to "resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government" is undeniably part of the original intent of the founders in creating gun rights.  But liberals have a case of apoplexy whenever anyone even hints that government can be abusive and corrupt.  I have no doubt Vaughn will catch some grief from the usual suspects in Hollywood for his views, but at the same time, he has gained a lot of friends for his forthright defense of gun rights.